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New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Conservative : 1845-1945)

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New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Conservative) Records

1716-1945 Bulk: 1845-1945
13 vols., 6 boxes 5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 902 W553

Doctrinal and cultural disputes roiled the Society of Friends in the United States during the early nineteenth century. While evangelical influence had grown within the majority of meetings in New England since at least the 1820s, resistance to the innovations grew too, culminating in a major separation of meetings in 1844 and 1845. A small, but significant portion of Friends coalesced around a Rhode Island Quaker minister, John Wilbur, a strong critic of the evangelical star Joseph John Gurney, to form a separate New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Wilburite) in 1845. Although most Wilburite monthly meetings were relatively small and short-lived, three persisted, reuniting with the “larger body” of New England Quakerism in 1945.

The records of the Wilburite New England Yearly Meeting consist of a nearly comprehensive set of minutes, records of ministers and elders, meetings for suffering, and epistles. The records are particularly strong for the period of division in the 1840s and reunion in the 1930s and 1940s. The records of Wilburite quarterly and monthly meetings are described separately.

Gift of the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, 2016


New England--Religious life and customsQuakers--New EnglandSociety of Friends--New EnglandWilburites


New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

Types of material

Minutes (Administrative records)